Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Set in the 19th Century, Sweeney Todd is the tale of a man determined to seek vengeance. Framed and imprisoned by a corrupt judge whom he believes responsible for the death of his beloved wife, Todd returns to London after being rescued by a sailor. The sailor, Anthony, falls for the judge’s beautiful ward, in reality, Todd’s daughter Johanna. She is smitten with Anthony. But Johanna is the subject of Judge Turpin’s vile lust, and he keeps her confined, intent on marrying her himself. Todd, meanwhile, returns to his former profession of barbering, a means of pursuing his revenge wherein he can slit the throats of his enemies. Entering into a partnership with a new friend, the baker Mrs. Lovett, his victims become the stuffing of her enormously popular meat pies.
How far can Todd and Lovett go in their bloody pursuits? Can Johanna escape the evil Turpin and find true love in the arms of her Anthony? Will the wicked pay for their crimes? Will love and goodness prevail?

The cast includes Jack Bennett as Sweeney, Gloria Bennett as Mrs. Lovett, Eric Erberle as Anthony, Serenity Robb as Johanna and M. Hayward Scott as Turpin. Other actors in major roles include Jacob Dalton, Hudson Barone, Liz Kelly Barone, and Grant Garry. The ensemble includes Sophia Corral, Sorsha Khitkian, Roza Zemla, Miranda Miller, Jennifer Farley, Tamar Shani, Jonathan Weber, Corwin Daley, Gwyn Daley, Riley Barone, Alex Brown, Gregory Hardash, Jeffrey Sabino and Torrance Winder. Understudy: Ava Broneer.
: Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Based on a play by Christopher Bond. Directed by Mirai Booth-Ong. Music director: Daniel Koh. Presented by Young Stars Theatre.

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The entire cast, both major and minor players, is exceptional, both together and individually...

...These successful elements are all brought together in Booth-Ong’s stunning direction. In her directorial debut, she commands the space with confidence and skill. The stage feels small, given the size of the ensemble, yet also large, given the multiple storylines that converge. Everything is developed with keen intention and pulled off with precision. And in one particularly mesmerizing directorial decision, Booth-Ing combines the art of distraction and spatial perspective to pull off a surprise shift unmatched in creativity and spectacle.

For a production that evolves on a minimalist stage, Young Stars Theatre’s Sweeney Todd is nothing but grand in its result. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Nikki Munoz - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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With Sweeney Todd, the Bennett’s, (who star as Todd and Mrs. Lovett) along with director, Mirai Booth-Ong, have crafted a dynamic, sitting on the edge of your seat production while sprinkling in incredibly talented actors of all ages. The Bennetts shine as our demon barber and idiosyncratic baker. The chemistry is there, of course, and makes for an ideal match on stage as they make the often complexity of a Sondheim score seem effortless.

sweet - Mary Farah - Along Comes Mary - ...read full review


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Much, much love goes out to Jack J. Bennett as the titular character. This fine actor made a despicable character into a vulnerable human being...

Robb was absolutely wonderful to watch and hear. If Grammy-award winning artist Mariah Carey sang opera, she would sound like Robb. Her innocence and sweetness are undeniably refreshing. Jacob Dalton does a wonderful job as the full-of-himself “King of the Barbers,” Adolfo Pirelli, who boasts to have shaven both the King of Naples and the Pope...

Musical director Daniel Koh and director/choreographer Mirai Booth-Ong did a phenomenal job in maintaining Sondheim’s vision of entering into a dark tunnel inside the mind of a tortured mad man.

sweet - Mary Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


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The entire cast, both major and minor players, is exceptional, both together and individually...

...These successful elements are all brought together in Booth-Ong’s stunning direction. In her directorial debut, she commands the space with confidence and skill. The stage feels small, given the size of the ensemble, yet also large, given the multiple storylines that converge. Everything is developed with keen intention and pulled off with precision. And in one particularly mesmerizing directorial decision, Booth-Ing combines the art of distraction and spatial perspective to pull off a surprise shift unmatched in creativity and spectacle.

For a production that evolves on a minimalist stage, Young Stars Theatre’s Sweeney Todd is nothing but grand in its result. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Nikki Munoz - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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With Sweeney Todd, the Bennett’s, (who star as Todd and Mrs. Lovett) along with director, Mirai Booth-Ong, have crafted a dynamic, sitting on the edge of your seat production while sprinkling in incredibly talented actors of all ages. The Bennetts shine as our demon barber and idiosyncratic baker. The chemistry is there, of course, and makes for an ideal match on stage as they make the often complexity of a Sondheim score seem effortless.

sweet - Mary Farah - Along Comes Mary - ...read full review


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Much, much love goes out to Jack J. Bennett as the titular character. This fine actor made a despicable character into a vulnerable human being...

Robb was absolutely wonderful to watch and hear. If Grammy-award winning artist Mariah Carey sang opera, she would sound like Robb. Her innocence and sweetness are undeniably refreshing. Jacob Dalton does a wonderful job as the full-of-himself “King of the Barbers,” Adolfo Pirelli, who boasts to have shaven both the King of Naples and the Pope...

Musical director Daniel Koh and director/choreographer Mirai Booth-Ong did a phenomenal job in maintaining Sondheim’s vision of entering into a dark tunnel inside the mind of a tortured mad man.

sweet - Mary Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review